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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Does anyone out there know about copper cookware?

About a week ago, when I asked Frugal Son what he wanted for a present, he--as usual--replied "Nothing." What is this, King Lear?

A few minutes later, he said, "One day I'd like some copper pots." He IS the best cook in our cooking family, slightly outpacing Miss Em (who is best at  attractive "plating") and far outpacing me (and I'm pretty good, though prone to too many shortcuts). Little does he know how expensive copper pots are.

I always like a project, so I began to do research. My head started spinning and not just at the steep cost.

Could anyone provide a sort of Sparknotes to copper cookware? Does one go for the traditional tin lining or the sturdier stainless steel? What would be the best pot to start with? Is it worth it to shlep it back from France? That would give me an excuse to enter the famed E Dehillerin shop in Paris. As with Hermes, I've always been too timid to do anything other than peer at--and in--the windows.

Even though I am a well-known cheapwad, I rather like the idea of getting him one piece a year. After a few years, he would have a nice set.

5 comments:

LEJ's Louisiana said...

A pot a year is a fine idea. If driven by fleeting time go for one a anything gift: B-day, T-day (elders in my family give to the young at most every gathering), C-day, graduation day, and so on.

I know something about gift giving being Santa-LEJ, fully bearded and overweight!
Yours truly in a swamp, Leonard Earl Johnson, columnist to the elderly and early weary at www.LEJ.org

LEJ's Louisiana said...


A pot of copper every year is a fine idea. If driven by fleeting time go for one-a-anything gift: B-day, T-day (elders in my family give to the young at most every gathering), C-day, graduation day, and so on.

I know something about gift giving being Santa-LEJ, fully bearded and overweight!

Yours truly in a swamp, Leonard Earl Johnson, columnist to the elderly and early weary at www.LEJ.org

Janice Riggs said...

Don't let anything keep you from going into Dhellerin, or into Hermes, for that matter. The stores are great fun, fascinating, beautiful (in the case of Hermes), and well worth the visit. You have every right to be there, and the staff with either welcome you or be WRONG in failing to do so!

Gam Kau said...

TK Maxx in the UK often stock French copper pots and pans. I'd have a look in TJ Maxx, HomeGoods and Marshalls just to see what might be available. My son also wanted copper pots and he has been slowly building up a collection as he comes across what he is seeking. They are pretty, but I don't really think they perform any better that a clad plan or stainless pot. He might want to look at Debuyer for pans, I really love those carbon steel pans most of all.

SewingLibrarian said...

I think Julia Child's books have advice on pots, etc. I will try to look tomorrow. Info may be outdated in specifics but may be useful for general principles. I like your idea of one a year. And I second what Janice said.